Some Helpful Hints For Removing Stains From Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture, from dining chairs to beds, is all the rage again. But what happens when you carelessly spill red wine on your new Fifi Chairs or your cat has an accident on your new Trudeau Storage Bed? Let’s face it, life is busy and unintentional mishaps may occur. Here are some quick fixes for many of the more common stains you may encounter.

5Protein stains – If it comes out of you, blood, vomit, sweat, etc. it’s a protein stain. The most important rule here is to not use a bleach or bleach based cleaner as that will cause the stain to yellow. First, you want to blot the affected area with a sponge – being careful not to press or rub or spread the stain any further – and lift as much of the stain out as you can. Apply cold water only (hot water causes stains to set) in small amounts and dab away the offending protein until gone. If stubborn stains persist you can pour a small amount of household strength hydrogen peroxide solution on to the affected area, let sit for a minute or two and blot completely with a clean dry cloth. For other protein related problems, like skid marks or “sexual stains” use soap and water, never bleach, or an ezymatic spray treatment like Oxyclean.

redwinestainRed Wine – Your best weapon against a fresh red wine stain is salt. As quickly as possible apply liberal amounts of salt to the affected area, then watch in amazement as the spilled wine is absorbed away. For dried red wine (say, the morning after…) it’s best to use cold water and a small amount of non bleach dish soap and rinse, dab, repeat until the stain is lifted.

spilled-coffee-xlCoffee – Attempt to dab up as much of the spilled coffee as you can with a clean, dry cloth, being careful not to further spread the stain. A helpful hint is to always start at the edges and work your way in. Apply small amounts of cold water and dish soap (without  bleaching agent) and blot gently with a sponge lifting away as much as possible. Afterwards, use cold water only, to remove any excess dish soap left in the upholstery.

Grease-stain-removalGrease – If dry, remove excess with a plastic utensil, gently scraping, being careful not to damage the fabric. If wet, dab up as much as possible before applying generous amounts of baking soda or baby powder to the affected area. Allow for as much of the grease as possible to be absorbed before tackling with liquid dish soap (preferably with a grease cutting agent) and cold water. Dab, rinse, repeat and be patient.

cute-kittenCat Urine – We didn’t think a picture of the actual thing was warranted… Treat cat urine with an enzymatic cleaner, designed for this specific problem, like Nature’s Miracle or one recommended by your vet or local pet store. Never use a vinegar or ammonia based cleaner as these smell like urine to your cat and they may decide this has become a permanent place to pee.

Unless you are wrapping your upholstered furniture in plastic, accidents are inevitable. These guidelines should serve you well when faced with unexpected mishaps, but do not be afraid to reach out to others for help, and, if all else fails, Google for your own solutions. You may find some tips and tricks that we’ve not outlined above.